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6 hour layover at airport....

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6 hour layover at airport....

I have a 6 hour, 40 minute layover in Paris France and I was wondering if anybody could recommend any good tours that I could do while there?

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1. Re: 6 hour layover at airport....

Others will chime in as to all the reasons why, but you don't have near enough time to realistically leave the airport, travel to the city, participate in a tour, and return to the airport in time for your next flight.

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2. Re: 6 hour layover at airport....

As far as I know there are no tours that will pick you up and drop you back at airport,, which means you will have to get into Paris by either taxi or RER( suburban train system,, takes about 35 minutes). So there goes an hour minimally,, more like 1,5-2 hours since you will have to deplane, go through immigration etc,, find RER , buy tickets,,

This assumes your plane is not late, and deplaning doesn't take long, and that you are fairly confident doing all of above quickly( getting ticket for train, or waiting in line for taxi).

That leaves you about 3 -3.5 hours... ah,, but wait,, upon returning to airport you must go through security again, and that can take more then an hour, maybe more depending on time of day and how busy it is,, and you have no way of knowing what it will be like, so you should allow 2 hours,, which now takes your visit down to 1-1.5 hours...is it worth it?

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3. Re: 6 hour layover at airport....

It's been a few weeks since this one came up:

If you decide to try it, keep these things in mind:

1) Ensure that you are ticketed through, and that your bags are checked all the way to your destination. Plan so that you do not have any carryon luggage.

2) Make sure you understand that you have to be back at the airport with enough time to go back through security before they close check-in for your flight. If you leave the airport of your own volition, you also relieve the airline(s) of all responsibility for honoring your onward ticket. They can and will cancel your onward ticket ..and possibly even your return schedule if you miss your flight because you chose to leave the airport. Last-minute, one-way, walk-up fares are expensive and cause no end of security hassles.

3) Make sure you study the RER/Metro map and the map of the city so that you know *exactly* where you are going, and *exactly* how to navigate the ticket-purchase system and the transport. Having a supply of euros before you arrive in Paris will help -- or you'll have to subtract the time necessary to find an ATM along the way.

4) You will need at least an hour to get off of the plane, through customs and immigration (even without luggage) and to the RER station that will take you into the city. Count another hour to get into the city and another hour to get back to the city. (taxi and bus aren't valid options on this sort of trip). You'll need to be back at the airport 1-1/2 to 2 hours before departure so that you have ample time to get through security and out to your gate. (you now have used 5 hours out of your 6h40) These times are a little liberal, but I'm figuring that at some point someone will need to pee or tie their shoes...if that means you miss one of the RERs returning to the airport, it could easily cost you any extra time built into this estimate.

5) Keep an eye on your watch at all times and be prepared to abort the trip into the city at the first indication that something is going off track. 7 hours is the absolute minimum that this forum recommends for even considering a trip into the city....and even then it's with some skepticism.

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